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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 26, 2013.

  • by booman, Sep 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM
  • booman

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    Skyrim is 5th series of the epic saga known as The Elder Scrolls. Famous for the first person shooter and open-world view, Skyrim continues the Role Playing genre retaining all the favorite aspects of Morrowind and Oblivion while introducing a bunch of new features.


    New classes, new guilds, new civilizations, new state-of-the-art graphics and...
    wait for it...

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Skyrim in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Skyrim. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.1
    Wine: 1.7.8

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:

    Note: username is where you put your login name

    Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.8 is installed and you can close this window

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name your virtual drive: skyrim
    No spaces

    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.8
    Click Next

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
    Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically cpature the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768
    click Ok

    Installing Libraries (packages or components)

    Check all of the libraries below:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx10
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_xact
    Click Next

    Installing Steam from DVD

    Select "CD-ROM : SKYRIM_EN"
    Click Next

    Click "Install The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"

    License Agreement
    Check "I accept the terms..."
    Click Install

    Steam License Agreement
    Click "I accept the license..."
    Click Next

    Click Install

    Updating Steam

    When steam login appears you will find there is no text displayed.
    Click the "X" and close Steam!
    We will fix this in a later step

    PlayOnLinux crash
    You might also find that PlayOnLinux crashed during the Steam installation
    Click Next to continue

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next

    Name your Shortcut: Skyrim Steam
    Note: If you have other Steam shortcuts this will eliminate conflicts with other shortcuts
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    Configure PlayOnLinux

    In PlayOnLinux click Configure

    Select Skyrim Steam virtual drive

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.8 (ignore the wine version in the screnshot)
    Arguments: -no-dwrite

    Note: -no-dwrite fixes the text/font problem with Steam client


    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: Amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo

    Installing Skyrim from DVD

    Note: If you want to download Skyrim from the internet through Steam, skip this step
    (of course, the DVD installation is much quicker)

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Open a shell"

    Navigate to the DVD with the shell
    cd /media/username/SKYRIM_EN

    Press Enter

    Note: username is where you put your Linux login

    Note: Your media might be mounted in a different place depending on your version of Linux. Mint mounts DVD drives in /media/username

    then press Enter to view the DVD contents

    Launch Skyrim Setup.exe
    ./Setup.exe -no-dwrite

    Click "Install The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Accept License agreement again

    Steam will automatically launch with text
    Click Login to an existing account


    Steam Overlay

    Some games will not work with Steam Overlay
    Click Steam Menu
    Click Settings

    Select "In-Game" on the left
    Uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
    Click OK

    Installing Skyrim

    Skyrim installer will automatically launch
    Enter Product Code
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Should take about 12 minutes

    Installation successful
    Click Finish

    Steam library should automatically appear.
    If not, right click the Steam icon in the systems tray and select "Library"

    Skyrim updating
    Should be quick because there aren't a whole lot of updates to apply

    Launching Skyrim

    Continue from Steam Download
    If you skipped the DVD install and downloaded Skyrim through Steam, Continue here

    Click Play

    Hardware detection
    Click Ok

    My GeForce 550 Ti was set for Ultra High Quality

    Graphical Options

    Click Options

    Graphics Adapter: your video card model
    Aspect Ratio:
    • Widescreen 16:10
    • Widescreen 16:9
    • Fullscreen 4:3
    • Higher settings = more detail lower frame rates
    • Lower settings = less detail higher frame rates
    Antialiasing:Smooths out edges, higher setting lower frame rates
    Anisotropic Filtering: higher setting lower frame rates

    Presets: Automatically configure your graphical settings with Low, Medium, High or Ultra
    Advanced: Gives you more control over how distant objects appear and their quality

    Note: Play with these settings to for smoother movement and quality. Start and slowly increase.

    Click Ok

    Click Play

    Skyrim ran beautifully on my system. Wine 1.7.8 does a great job and I didn't have too many issues.
    Tree animation was not smooth and the shadows moved irregularly. Also my character can not see underwater. Keep checking back as I will investigate how to fix these two issues.





    Last edited: Feb 10, 2014


Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. booman
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  2. booman
    Don't forget to disable the Steam In-Game community overlay.
    It can crash Skyrim and DLC's
  3. allenskd
    Just a tip to those who want to use the overlay. I'm using WINE 1.7.11 for this game and overlay works great. (Sometimes it gets lonely traveling around Skyrim, gotta chit chat with some steam friends haha)

    I also have the debugging stuff disabled for performance.

  4. booman
    What!!?? Dude if they fixed the overlay in 1.7.11 that would be awesome!
    But now I have to test all of my games again
  5. allenskd
    Overlay worked for me in 1.7.11, but remember that.... not all programs will react the same way... like Scribblenauts Unlimited. It still crashed with overlay on.
  6. booman
    Dang! I was hoping you meant it was fixed for all games.
  7. Wolfgang Dawson
    I have winsteam and I'm running Skyrim through there right now, but will it run better this way? Also is it easier to install mods running directly from wine? (I can't find any easy ways through winsteam)
  8. allenskd

    You can use Steam Workshop to download mods for Skyrim . I use WINE 1.7.10-CSMT for better performance and disable the debug options.

    Think of running Skyrim in steam as if you were running it on windows, it just runs great.

    What I do is just, go to the workshop, install the mods and run skyrim so it can update the new subscriptions :) that's all to it.
  9. Wolfgang Dawson
    Yea but steam workshop doesn't have Falskaar
  10. Majki
    Okay guys, I'm on Linux Mint 64bit Mate and I'm kinda desparate. Tried like everything - still issues with mouse trap - this is I can make maximum 180 degress rotation. Any ideas?
  11. booman
    Welcome to the forum. Did you go to Wine Configuration and click on Graphics Tab?
    Check "Automatically cpature the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768

    This is critical for the mouse to work properly.
  12. Majki
    Thanks for replay sir. I have googled the issue - and I have found some blogger complaining about same issue on Linux Mint. Installed Ubuntu and everything works flawlessly now. It was Mint-specyfic problem :)
  13. booman
    Wow, very strange. The difference in Distros still amazes me.
    Thanks for confirming that the mouse is working again.
  14. Will Ondiron
    First: Thank you ! After all the years (i tried my first linux in '96) the first real success ! It works ! And finally a solution to get rid of windows ! Really, thanks a lot !
    Two things: i didn't have the option "argument" in playonlinux to add the no-dwrite, and in the console i had to type > cd /media/SKYRIM_DE/Setup.exe -no-dwrite (note: i have Ubuntu installed and a German version of the game).
    Sorry I didn't see your post earlier.
    So you got it working?
    I have a feeling your PlayOnLinux version might be older. Try updating to the current 4.2.2 version
  15. reeper150
    When I type

    ./Setup.exe -no-dwrite

    The output says

    bash: ./Setup.exe: cannot execute binary file

    What should I do?
  16. booman
    did you navigate to the DVD first? in Mint it is
    Once you are in the DVD directory in Terminal, then run the
    ./Setup.exe -no-dwrite
    Also, if it still says "cannot execute Binary file" you may have to copy the entire DVD contents to a folder on your desktop.
    Then try the install from there.
    Otherwise, just download it in Steam.
  17. LECHA
    i need some serious help. i followed this guide and when i tried to start the steam to play it doesnt even open. i dont know what else to do. please help me. thank you.
  18. booman
    Hi, thanks for posting. Are you saying Steam won't launch or Skyrim won't launch?
    Don't forget that the In-Game Community overlay can cause games to crash at launch. Make sure to disable that overlay.
    Can you play any other games on your Distro?
  19. Xionwalker
    I having a similar issue. I'm using the newest version of Ubuntu. Everything works fine until i try to launch the game. It tells me there are serious issues with the Skyrimlauncher.exe and needs to close and that it can be caused by a problem in the program or a deficiency in wine.

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